Skip to comments.Oregon will make compost of roadkill
Posted on 09/14/2008 10:44:56 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
HEPPNER, Ore. Roadkill: It isn't just for dinner anymore.
A new roadkill compost center near Heppner will ensure that many deer, cattle and other animals killed along Eastern Oregon highways won't simply decompose in a ditch.
Instead, they will become productive compost.
The Morrow County Planning Commission has approved a permit for a roadkill composting facility.
Officials say roadside carcasses are becoming a larger problem as Oregon's population grows, and that roadkill attracts scavengers such as coyotes, which bother farmers and boost the likelihood of more roadkill.
Tom Strandberg, the regional spokesman for Oregon Department of Transportation, said the facility would resemble one in Washington near Goldendale, Klickitat County. Across the country, officials are re-examining the way they dispose of roadkill, he said.
Local roadkill would be taken to one of four bins surrounded by a concrete berm to keep scavengers out. A layer of soil and wood chips would cover the bottom of the bins. The carcasses would be deposited and covered with finished compost and more bulk vegetable matter.
The whole process should take about three months.
Washington plans to use its compost as roadside ground cover where native vegetation is being planted. But hundreds of cubic yards of material placed into the Goldendale bins last year created only 50 cubic yards of compost.
Morrow County officials are looking into the best use for their own product.
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Can you just imagine the stench of that place?
A “Layer” of vegetable matter is not going to contain the smell of a rotting cow or deer.
Good luck with that, Oregon. :)
What about victims of a hit and run?
It would make just as much sense to do this with dead people instead of burying them.
You'll find it listed on the menu as Possum on Half Shell
I always thought that you made compost out of vegetative matter.
Natural decomposition isn’t green enough?
Things like this just make me proud to be an Oregonian.
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